3 things to know about Erik Gudbranson, Nashville Predators' new defenseman

Will Backus
Nashville Tennessean

The Nashville Predators were quiet for most of Monday ahead of the 2 p.m. NHL trade deadline

They made one move, acquiring defenseman Erik Gudbranson, 29, from Ottawa for defensive prospect Brandon Fortunato and a 2023 seventh-round NHL draft pick. 

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Here are three things to know about Gudbranson, the Predators' newest defenseman. 


This will be Gudbranson's fifth new team in four calendar years. 

After spending 2011-16 with the Florida Panthers, he was traded to the Vancouver Canucks. He spent most of three seasons there, though he was traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins with 19 games left in the 2018-19 season. 

Seven games into the 2019-20 season with Pittsburgh, Gudbranson was traded to the Anaheim Ducks. In October 2020, the Ducks moved him to his hometown Ottawa Senators in exchange for a 2021 fifth-round pick. 

Leadership qualities

Gudbranson was named an alternate captain during his brief stint in Ottawa. 

He shared the title with fellow defenseman Thomas Chabot and wing Brady Tkachuk. It was the first time in his professional career that he's served in a role like that. 

In 36 games with the Senators, Gudbranson registered nine total points with one goal and two assists. Those four goals tied his career high, previously set with the Florida Panthers during the 2014-15 season. 

Depth piece

Gudbranson isn't the type of player who will change a team's outlook immediately. 

He's spent most of his career as a solid depth player, which is something Nashville needs after a recent string of injuries. Six defenseman were forced to miss Sunday's game against the Dallas Stars because of injury. 

With a healthy Ryan Ellis, Mattias Ekholm and Roman Josi, there's no chance Gudbranson starts for the Predators. That being said, he probably will see a good amount of time on the ice to spell those in front of him and allow others to heal.